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WGU Indiana and Governor Mitch Daniels announced on May 20, 2011 a 10 percent tuition discount for all state of Indiana employees. Governor Daniels, who signed an executive order creating WGU Indiana last June, sees the discount as a tipping point for those who are ‘on the fence’ about returning to college to finish a bachelor’s or master’s degree.
“An educated adult workforce is vital to our state’s future,” said Daniels. “WGU Indiana is an excellent value already, and this discount provides an additional catalyst for state employees who wish to further their education.”
“The buzz surrounding WGU Indiana is strong, and more than 1,100 students have enrolled in the past ten months,” said WGU Indiana Chancellor Allison Barber. “Our university provides a flexible, affordable, quality education model that lends itself to the adult learner. Interested state employees will quickly realize that if they have the necessary motivation, WGU Indiana offers a path that will allow them to complete an accredited degree.”
The Lumina Foundation estimates that more than 730,000 adults in Indiana have some college experience but have not completed a degree. WGU Indiana is ideal for these individuals—the university’s programs allow busy adults to pursue their education without sacrificing work and family responsibilities.
“WGU Indiana provides the resources and structure appropriate for working Hoosiers who want to go further with their higher education,” said Barber, who notes that the average WGU Indiana student is 36 years old. “We focus on ensuring that students learn the things they need to know to advance their careers. Our competency-based learning model allows students to take advantage of prior work and academic experience. Because they can move quickly through material they already know and focus on studying the areas they still need to learn, the average time to a bachelor’s degree at WGU Indiana is 2½ years.”
WGU Indiana offers more than 50 online, competency-based degree programs in high-demand career fields including business, information technology, teacher education and health professions, including nursing. Each WGU Indiana student is partnered with a mentor, who provides one-on-one coaching, guidance and support from enrollment through graduation. Tuition is a flat rate of $2,890 per six-month term, not per credit hour or semester. Students can take as many courses as they can complete during the term.
Interested students can visit indiana.wgu.edu or call (877) 214-7014 for more information about the university as well as the 10 percent tuition discount available to state of Indiana employees.
WGU Indiana has been established by the state of Indiana as an online, competency-based university to expand access to higher education for Indiana residents. Formed through a partnership with Western Governors University, WGU Indiana is open to all qualified Indiana residents. The university offers 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in business, education, information technology and healthcare professions, including nursing.
Degrees are granted under the accreditation of Western Governors University, which is regionally accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and nationally accredited through the Distance Education and Training Commission (DETC). Teachers College programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
WGU Indiana is an approved education provider for Indiana state grants and scholarships offered through the State Student Assistance Commission of Indiana (SSACI). In addition, the university has partnered with Ivy Tech to offer graduates who have completed their associate’s degrees a seamless transfer to complete their bachelor’s degrees at WGU Indiana, including application fee waivers and tuition discounts.
For more information, visit the WGU Indiana website indiana.wgu.edu or call 1-877-214-7014.